A good write-up by Ed Pilkington in the Guardian about a Texas execution. A very comprehensive investigation conducted by a Columbia law school professor and his students, to be published in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, suggests that Texas executed the wrong man.
It’s worth a read. Of course the likelihood that people have been executed in the US for crimes they did not commit is very high. Scores of people have been plucked from death row by new evidence unearthed by investigators trying to show that convictions and death sentences happen with alarming frequency in cases where the evidence is improperly investigated by the authorities.
There have been a number of cases around the world, in the UK certainly, where that has subsequently been admitted, and posthumous pardons have been issued, but in those countries there is no longer the need to maintain an argument in favor of capital punishment.
Here in the US that’s not the case. This new case from Columbia researchers may be the best evidence yet of the ultimate miscarriage of justice. I think it will have legs, though the opposition will be furious.
Let’s hope it’s a turning point. It’s way past time.
(h/t N. Fatale for the image)